Without question, most of the prayers of the Book in Mormon are vocal. Consider these scriptures:. And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high. I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, My God.
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In other words, when we cannot pray vocally, we should pray in our hearts. Prayer is such a privilege—to speak to our Father in Heaven. It was a prayer, a very special prayer, which opened this dispensation! I hope that not too many of our prayers are silent, even though when we cannot pray vocally, it is good to offer a silent prayer in our hearts and in our minds. President Spencer W.
Kimball, Conference Report, October , p. We recall the many times the Lord instructs us to pray vocally. Ensign, October , p. From the experience of the people of Alma at Helam comes this episode. The Nephites who had been baptized at the Waters of Mormon and who had settled at Helam were placed in bondage by the Lamanites.
See Mosiah 18, 23, And it came to pass that so great were their afflictions that they began to cry mightily to God.
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And Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries; and he put guards over them to watch them, that whosoever should be found calling upon God should be put to death. Mosiah , In the bitterness of his apostasy, Amulon installed the death penalty for vocal prayer.
Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts. Mosiah Lift up your heads and be of good comfort.
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I will deliver [you] out of bondage. And I will ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders. Mosiah , About nineteen men and boys were killed in the attack on a small Mormon settlement by a mob of Missouri settlers.
Fifteen others were wounded. Barrett, , p. A few days following the attack, some of the mob returned. Joseph Smith and the Restoration, Ivan J. Like the people of Alma, these unfortunate victims found their only solace in prayer, and the widows vented their feelings in heartfelt appeals to their Heavenly Father.
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Lundwall, p. And, like Amulon, two thousand years earlier, the mobbers responded with death threats. But for at least one, this terrified silence was a shame and humiliation. Amanda Smith longed to hear her own voice raised in prayer.
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Pray out loud as often as possible. The vocalization of prayers helps focus thoughts, and keeps the mind from wandering. Finding a place where prayers can be offered aloud will enable a person to avoid the distractions of places where people might interrupt.
And as we hear our words with our ears, our faith that God will hear us with his ears will be increased. Joseph Smith said, "those who have bodies have power of those who do not". When we pray out loud we are using our bodies in a powerful way and as a result, we claim our power! Words are the beginning of the creation process. With the knowledge that we can converse with God as one man converses with another, we also understand that we not only have a divine spark within us, but that we are actually spirit children of our Father in heaven.
Prayer, being the primary method of communication between God and man, plays an important part in practically every religion, whether Christian or otherwise. Prayer opened the heavens to the Prophet Joseph Smith and thus opened the dispensation of the fulness of times. I am most grateful to the Prophet Joseph Smith for his simple belief in prayer. The answer to his prayer restored light and truth to mankind regarding the Godhead and many other great truths. I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God, and that through him the power to act in the name of God has been restored to the earth.
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I have, throughout my life, had my prayers answered very directly many times. Prayer has been a great blessing to me and to my family. The Lord has repeatedly told us to pray always and that he will pour out his Spirit upon us and bless us greatly. This being the case, what can we do to supplement prayer, or what is our part? Let me suggest a few examples:. As we pray for wisdom and knowledge, our part can be to study and apply ourselves. As we ask for health and strength of body and of mind, we can supplement prayer by living the Word of Wisdom.
As we ask for protection, our part could well be to use good judgment, such as driving carefully, if we are traveling by car. When we pray for inspiration, we should live close to the Lord by keeping his commandments. When we pray for direction, remember the counsel of the Lord given to Oliver Cowdery in the ninth section of the Doctrine and Covenants: Study your problems out in your own mind. Make a decision and then ask the Lord if your decision is right; if so, you will receive a burning of your bosom or a good feeling; if not, you will receive a stupor of thought or a questionable feeling.
Then whatever the feeling you receive, have the courage to follow it. This is doing your part. The question is frequently asked, What should one pray for? But never forget that whatever our prayers are, we can supplement our heavenly request with some positive action on our part. We members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who make prayer a part of our lives, sometimes fail to recognize that many honest souls throughout the world are wondering how to pray, when to pray, and where to pray.
The Savior told us how when he said:. This sample prayer envisions appreciation, simplicity, and the avoidance of vain repetitions. In our church worship there are only three set prayers: the baptismal and two sacramental prayers. We are also directed to close all of our prayers to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Now, when to pray: Generally, I think we might say that we should pray in secret, with our families, and in worship meetings and public assemblies.